Bric meeting called off after Brazil leader cancels visit

Written by Press Trust of India | Toronto | Updated: Jun 29 2010, 05:28am hrs
A meeting of the leaders of Bric countries was called off here after Brazilian President Lula Da Silva cancelled his trip to Canada for the G20 Summit due to floods in his country.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Lula were to meet in the Bric (Brazil, Russia, India, China) forum after a G-20 working dinner hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the summiteers here last night.

The meeting was however called off as Lula cancelled his visit to oversee the rescue effort back home. The occasion would have also provided an opportunity for Singh to have interacted with the Chinese leader. Brazil will be represented at the G-20 summit by Economy Minister Guido Mantega.